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So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. Democratic majorities in the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates have both passed legislation during the current Gene… Read more

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Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Read more


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First, a confession: I really like presidential debates. Why, you ask? Because these debates give us voters the chance to watch and evaluate the candidates while they stand shoulder-to-shoulder and have to answer the same questions. Away from their carefully orchestrated campaign events, wit… Read more

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The polls are not wrong. I know many people think polls are wrong, because the polls say things people do not believe. Sure, there are bad pollsters, but polling averages do a pretty good job. Take 2016, the example that comes to mind for a lot of people who say polls are wrong. Read more

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Irving Kristol, a New York intellectual and youthful communist who became a guru of the American right, once defined a neoconservative as “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.” Thanks to Donald Trump, we have a new definition of a criminal justice reformer: a rich person who is shocked … Read more

Open Forums

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The geniuses who founded our country intended to “Form a More Perfect Union, Establish Justice, Ensure Domestic Tranquility, Provide for the Common Defense, Promote the General Welfare, and Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves, and our Posterity.” They based the founding documents on… Read more

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The President is arguably correct that he is the country’s “chief law enforcement officer” and that he has the “right” to involve himself in Justice Department matters. However, past presidents — with the possible exception of Richard Nixon — have had the sense to realize that this authority… Read more

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Letters to the Editor

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David Ignatius of the Washington Post disses the importance of the United States, saying the world will survive without her. Sounds like the song by Eliza dissing Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady." Actually, the world is taking note of America's success, and, in election after election, conser… Read more

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Two years ago, I was told that my child was NOT considered a student/athlete at the high school level because she does not play on a team at the school. My child participates in a sport that is NOT offered by Frederick County Public Schools. She trains 20 hours a week outside of school, main… Read more

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My wife and I attended the musical “1776” this evening at Shenandoah University, and we were again so impressed with the quality of the performance. We have attended a number of musicals at Shenandoah over the past few years and we never cease to be amazed by the outstanding quality of the p… Read more

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